## Converting Mixed Numbers to Improper Fractions: 1 3/5

A **mixed number** is a number that combines a whole number and a fraction. For example, 1 3/5 represents one whole unit and three-fifths of another unit.

To convert a mixed number to an **improper fraction**, where the numerator is greater than or equal to the denominator, follow these steps:

**Multiply the whole number by the denominator of the fraction.**In our example, 1 x 5 = 5.**Add the numerator of the fraction to the product from step 1.**5 + 3 = 8.**Keep the same denominator.**

Therefore, 1 3/5 is equivalent to **8/5** as an improper fraction.

### Visual Representation

Imagine a pizza cut into five slices. 1 3/5 represents one whole pizza plus three slices of another pizza. This is the same as having 8 slices out of a total of five slices per pizza.

### Why Convert to an Improper Fraction?

Converting to an improper fraction is helpful in many situations, including:

**Performing calculations:**Adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions is easier when they are improper.**Simplifying expressions:**Some operations require fractions to be in improper form.

By understanding how to convert mixed numbers to improper fractions, you gain a crucial skill in working with fractions more efficiently.